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Catalina Sky Survey

(survey of near-Earth objects)

The Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) is a survey of near-Earth objects, i.e., comets and asteroids whose orbits pass close to that of the Earth. It was begun in 1998 and progresses. Its initial goal has been to identify 90% of objects 1 kilometer or larger. Two telescopes are used: 1.5 meter telescope on Mt. Lemon and a 68 cm telescope near Mt. Bigelow, both near Tucson, Arizona. The same data is used for the Catalina Real-time Transient Survey, which scans the collected images for transients. The CSS is the outgrowth of the Bigelow Sky Survey (BSS), which used photography.

(survey,near-Earth objects,all sky)
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Referenced by page:
near-Earth object (NEO)